As Hollywood continues to blaspheme and disrespect Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, NBC network’s Saturday Night Live show took the attacks to a new low with a skit depicting Jesus Christ as a violent murderer. The skit, called “Djesus Uncrossed”, a spoof on the slave revenge film, Django Unchained, was just another example of the blatant mockery of the Christian faith being promoted in pop culture today. Sometimes censorship is needed, but sometimes not such as in the case of The Pirate Bay. If you’re still trying to access it, try this list of proxies.
The first 90 seconds of this video shows an edited version of the skit that removes the goriest scenes. We are not going to show the entire skit.
The skit shows Oscar-nominated actor Christopher Waltz, as Jesus, attacking and shooting Roman soldiers, severing the head of Pontius Pilate and showing nothing but vengeance and hate for others with a voiceover that states “He’s preaching anything but forgiveness.” At one point a character says “I never knew how much Jesus used the N-word.” It is just the latest in TV productions that seek to mock the Christian faith.
Sing Oldham, a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, said in an interview that he is not surprised by the show’s anti-Christian tone:
“It’s open season on those who profess personal faith in Jesus Christ and pattern their lives by biblical morality,” he said. “Evangelical Christians are treated with contempt and targeted for ridicule.” (source).
The Bible on Blasphemy
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. – Exodus 20: 7.
And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.- Luke 22:63-65.
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. – Matthew 15:18-19.
The blasphemies against Jesus took place when He was on Earth and continues today. God’s law is clear that using His name improperly is a sin. And what truly defiles us is not what we take in but the thoughts that we express in our speech. The Scriptures accurately describe the attitude in much of the anti-Christian entertainment today.
Insulting the name of God or Jesus Christ is not something taken lightly by The Lord. Yet television shows like these are trying to remove any stigma from disrespecting the Christian faith and actually turn it into entertainment. And by the nature of being on television, soon their fans will follow suit and have their own attitudes adjusted and shifted to accept this blasphemous behavior without even realizing it.
Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name. – Psalm 74:18.
NBC produces the show “The New Normal” which devoted an entire episode to mocking Christianity and censored out the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during a sports broadcast. In a prior Saturday Night Live skit, outspoken Christian football player Tim Tebow was mocked for his faith in a skit that included an actor playing Jesus Christ. Along with shows like the now-cancelled, GCB, based on the novel “Good Christian B—-es”, television has become brazen in making attacks on the Christian faith the norm.
The Fox News article, entitled “NBC Declares War on Christians”, questioned why this negative treatment is reserved for Christianity, but Islam never receives similar disrespect:
“I find it interesting that the networks always mock and ridicule Christianity – but they give other religions a pass,” wrote Todd Starnes, the host of ‘Fox News and Commentary.’ “Why aren’t the writers at SNL churning out weekly skits about Islam – or the Prophet Mohammed?” (source).
Mr. Starnes’ comments ring true when one looks to the Cartoon Network’s show “South Park”, a program that has repeatedly mocked Jesus and Christianity. However, the one episode that had a depiction of the Islamic prophet Mohammed was immediately censored. Or more recently, the furor over the trailer for a low-budget film (that may have not even been completed) that made offensive depictions of Mohammed. President Obama’s own administration went on record stating that the mass protests in the Arab world, and attacks that led to four Americans being killed was: “…not a response not to United States policy, and not to, obviously, the administration, not to the American people,” but were rather a spontaneous “response to a video, a film we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.” (source).
Where is the Administration’s reaction to the Saturday Night Live Skit? The double standard seems quite obvious. You will almost never find any “jokes”, satires or spoofs of Mohammed on television or the movie screen and the rare occasions are immediately condemned and even blamed as the cause of murder. Meanwhile Christianity is disrespected on a regular basis.
Jesus Christ prophesied the hatred Christians would receive:
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. – John 15:18-19.
Satan does not want people to take the Bible seriously. By disrespecting Christianity, the idea that the Bible should be rejected is planted in the hearts and minds of millions of television viewers. The Devil does not need people to worship him to bring them to the lake of fire with him. He just needs them to ignore God and the problem of their sin and guilt before him.2 Corinthians 11 says: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” Satan will use any means to corrupt the mind into rejecting Jesus Christ. Television, one of the most influential forces in the world in shaping the thoughts of the masses has become one of his main weapons. The more people can laugh at God and The Lord Jesus Christ, the less they care about the consequences of their sin, which is an eternity in the Lake of Fire. This is Satan’s objective. Do not be deceived.
Earlier in 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul wrote: “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” Christians need to raise their awareness and discernment of satanic efforts and reject this anti-Christian movement in pop culture. The name of God is to be revered and respected. Supporting TV shows, networks or other forms of entertainment that blaspheme the name of Christ is turning a blind eye to sin. Elements in pop culture and Hollywood are declaring “open season” on Christianity and it is time now, more than ever to contend for the faith once given to the saints. Sharing the Gospel and the message of forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus Christ is the best solution to the hostility and hatred of the Lord that is being displayed in shows such as these.
Pray for the writers, actors and those involved in this Saturday Night Live skit to repent. And that like the show GCB, shows like these will fail and be removed from the air. To file complaints directly to NBC, click here and select “Saturday Night Live” under “show.”
The good news for those involved is that Jesus did indeed preach forgiveness. Rather than kill His enemies, He gave His life for them, as a sacrifice to take the punishment for all of the blasphemy, sins and evil they had committed. There is a real wrath of God and punishment that is coming to the world, and it is Satan who wants as many people as possible to suffer in it eternally. But by putting faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, even those who mock Him, can have their sins pardoned and live in Heaven forever. But for those who reject God’s free offer of forgiveness, eternity will not be a laughing matter.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. – Galatians 6:7-8.